A news update from the National Latin@ Network
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Gender Terminology 101

Written by: Esmé Rodríguez, MA, PhD; School Equity Director, OutFront MN

Language is fluid, constantly changing, and open to interpretation, so this list is by no means perfect, exhaustive, or inviolable. Identity terms can be tricky and therefore it would be impossible to make a list that pleases every single person. We've done our best and are always welcome to comments and constructive critiques.

Click here to read about the gender terminology
Webinar Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities: Fund Development and Demonstrating Impact

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
1 - 2:30 p.m. EST
In this webinar, presenters will discuss strategies fund development and demonstrating impact for nonprofit organizations. Presenters will review strategies to strengthen organizational infrastructure, build sustainability; and examine and fine-tune your organizational presence to improve organizational impact.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to do the following:
  • Explore fund development strategies that are mission-driven and realistic.
  • Analyze the efficacy of current funding sustainability efforts.
  • Formulate messaging about organizational need and impact.
  • Identify resources for strengthening how you represent your organizational impact.
Sarah Khan, Senior Project Specialist, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV)

Click here to register for this webinar
Deadline to apply quickly approaching!

Enhancing Organizational Capacity 
for Our Communities:
Capacity Building Training for OVW CSSP, Underserved, Tribal, and Rural Grantees
September 19-20, 2018
Application Deadline: August 17, 2018
Portland, OR
Residence Inn Portland Downtown/Pearl District
Enhancing Organizational Capacity for Our Communities is a two-day training that will bring together about 30 participants who are interested in strengthening their capacity to effectively manage, operate and sustain their organizations. The goal of this training is to increase the organizational capacity of OVW grantees and their partners serving culturally specific, rural, tribal, and underserved communities. This regional training will provide attendees with significant opportunities for networking, resource and expertise sharing, and critical discussions to enhance the work and overall capacity.
*OVW approved*

Click here to register for this webinar
NWLC asks for sign-on for letter addressing sexual abuse at Ohio State University

NWLC is asking for organizations to sign on to the two letters linked below concerning sexual abuse allegations at Ohio State University. As you may be aware, a group of students who were formerly on the wrestling team have shared stories of being sexually abuse by the team doctor, Richard Strauss. The students allege the abuse was an open secret and that OSU administrators, including U.S. Representative Jim Jordan who was an assistant coach at the time, covered up or neglected to address the abuse.  
One letter, addressed to the House Committees on Education & the Workforce and Oversight & Government Reform, calls for hearings on this disturbing trend of colleges covering up sexual abuse by its employees-especially in light of the Department of Ed's plan to initiate a NPRM on how schools address sexual harassment and assault under Title IX. The other letter is addressed to Betsy DeVos and OCR asking for an investigation into Ohio State University and urging them to preserve Title IX protections. 
Applications open for scholar immersion program

September 17-20, 2018
Milwaukee, WI
*Application deadline: August 3

The Medical College of Wisconsin Office of Community Engagement and Silver Spring Neighborhood Center invites you to apply to be a part of the  Community Engaged Scholars: Immersion Program.

MCW is currently seeking applicants with experience in research interested in being immersed into community engagement. This program was designed to align the community as teachers to researchers interested in learning how to become effective community-engaged professionals. 

Program Cost:  $100

Applicant Criteria
  1. Be a researcher interested in building capacity for community engaged research
  2. Have at least one year of graduate level study
  3. Have a willingness to be culturally humble
  4. Be available for the entire experience from September 17th to September 20th
Click here to apply to this program
American Evaluation Association releases toolkit to help apply to conference

October 31-November 3, 2018
Cleveland, OH

2018 marks the  American Evaluation Association's (AEA) 32nd Annual Conference. Evaluation 2018 brings together evaluators, evaluation scholars, students, and evaluation users from around the world are invited to assemble, share, and learn from the successes of the international discipline and practice of evaluation.

No matter your skill level, Evaluation 2018 will provide the opportunity to be involved in the shared experience through a variety of presentations and learning formats.  Click here for a more detailed description of the session formats.

Evaluation 2018 is learning opportunity that you won't want to miss. Hear from  AEA President Leslie Goodyear on why she chose this year's conference theme. 

Click here for more information and to register for this conference.
CSAJ releases Coerced Debt Training Toolkit 

In this first of five Consumer Rights Webinar Training Toolkits, find webinar recordings, supplementary reading, and multilevel planning worksheets to support your coerced debt advocacy.

First, get an overview to survivor centered economic advocacy and how to use our Guidebook in this introductory webinar:  A Guide to Consumer & Economic Civil Legal Advocacy for Survivors

Part I
Part I of the webinar series equips both advocates and attorneys with survivor-centered advocacy strategies and legal remedies to address coerced debt facing survivors. The faculty also provide emerging evidence for the impact that coerced debt has on survivors' economic security in order to encourage community programs and systems change. 

Part II
Part II of the webinar series is directed at sharing the work of the DVCLARO Project in New York City, a consumer law clinic and partnership that recently conducted a study on the link between coerced debt and homelessness to steer their systems change advocacy, as well as engaging attendees in developing multilevel strategies for change.

Click here for more information about this toolkit
Sofia Khan is Not Obliged

Written by:  Ayisha Malik

Ayisha Malik wanted to read books about Muslims who are "normalized," so she wrote one herself. Her heroine, Sofia Khan, is a Londoner, works in PR, and wears a hijab. This is a book about friendships, family, dating and marriage. It's been dubbed the Muslim "Bridget Jones's Diary," though I think it is more enlightening than that. Malik says she wanted to subvert the expectations that a book about Muslim women would be about oppression and subjugation. She says this book tells a story that reflects the lives of women like her and her friends. It is a funny and engaging look at a community that has been portrayed in popular culture solely in the shadow of terrorism, and the perfect beach book.
Description by PBS
Tahirih Justice Center:  Social Services Program Manager

Location: Houston, TX

Tahirih Justice Center seeks an empathetic professional for our Social Services Case Program Manager role who is committed to cultural humility and equity. Based out of our Houston, TX office, this role will require a high degree of emotional intelligence and discretion to support immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence. The role of the Social Services Program Manager is to: maintain culturally-competent, trauma-informed case management services for a caseload of 15-25 cases; supervise case management support staff (approximately 1-2 full-time staff, 2 interns per semester); monitor and evaluate quantity and quality of service provision ongoing; conduct outreach and advocacy in local and regional forums; develop departmental compliance policies in relation to federal and state confidentiality and mandated reporting laws; support Social Services fundraising opportunities; and coordinate with the Houston Volunteer Coordinator to support departmental needs. 

Tahirih Justice Center:  Senior Policy Advocate

Location: Houston, TX

The Policy Advocate is responsible for developing and advancing effective local and state strategies to combat the climate of fear that impedes immigrant survivors' ability to obtain safety and dignity under the law. The Policy Advocate will work directly with the Executive Director and the national Chief of Policy to move policymakers to enact policies and procedures that ensure immigrant survivors of gender based violence are able to obtain access to critical legal protections and social services. The Policy Advocate will develop and advance strategies, media campaigns, trainings and other policy initiatives to hold local, state and federal representatives of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice accountable to their own policies. The Policy Advocate will manage a Community Organizer and a Communications Associate. Policy activities include planning and executing consultations and forums on policy issues, actively engaging with law enforcement, community stakeholders and immigrant coalitions, and drafting letters, memos, reports, and other outward facing publications.

Muslim Advocates : Digital Advocacy Officer

The Digital Advocacy Officer manages and executes all of Muslim Advocates' online advocacy, education and engagement initiatives, including web site management, social media growth and engagement, email management and email list growth.

This hire will be based in our Washington, DC office and report to our Public Advocacy Director. The Public Advocacy Department is the communications and campaigns arm of Muslim Advocates that engages with the public, visions and executes public pressure campaigns, and grows the public profile of the organization.

Now accepting submissions

We welcome submissions on a number of topics pertaining to domestic violence, family violence, and gender-based violence. These topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Gender-based violence intervention and prevention programs that are culturally specific
  • Working with Latin@ youth
  • Working with immigrant Latin@s
  • Health care and gender-based violence
  • LGBTQ Latin@ communities
  • Children and domestic violence
  • Building Latin@ leadership in Latin@ communities
  • Elder abuse
We also welcome photography, video, resources, and other digital material that organizations or people wish to share with our network.

If you're interested in submitting a blog post,  click here to email Rebecca De Leon, Communications and Marketing Manager


The National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities is a network of individuals and organizations committed to improving the health and well-being of Latin@ communities. The National Latin@ Network is led by Casa de Esperanza, a national Latina organization whose mission is to mobilize Latinas and Latin@ communities to end domestic violence. The National Latin@Network for Healthy Families and Communities builds on Casa de Esperanza´s experience working in local communities to support families, end domestic violence, and increase meaningful access to services for Latina@s and incorporates a research center, public policy initiative, and training.

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